MANILA, Philippines - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has identified 24 areas in the metropolis that are prone to floods during heavy rains.
Along H. Lopez Boulevard
Taft Avenue corner Quirino Avenue
Along Abad Santos
Along G. Araneta Avenue
Mother Ignacia corner Bohol Avenue
Timog corner Scout Tobias
Along General Kalentong St.
P.Sanchez St. corner Fabella St.
Martinez St. corner F. Ortigas St.
Boni Avenue corner F. Ortigas St.
Edsa corner Connecticut
Chino Roces corner Edsa
Along Gil Puyat
Quirino Ave. Plaza
Airport Road and Naia Road
E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenenue corner Eagle Avenue
East Service road-Nichols Interchange
East Service road-DBM Avenue
Along C.P Garcia Avenue
Along Manuel L.Quezon Ave.
Along Commonwealth Ave
Along Tandang Sora and Ortigas Avenue in front of La Salle St.
The MMDA has placed signboards in these areas and along roads that motorists can use during floods.
EcoWaste Coalition, meanwhile, believes that garbage and clogged waterways continue to cause floods in Metro Manila.
The group said it supports the MMDA's anti-littering campaign but urged the agency to strengthen its overall program to solve floods and create a long-term plan to solve the problem.
EcoWaste Coalition also urged the public to be disciplined in disposing garbage. The group said a proper solid waste management program may solve the metropolis' perennial garbage woes.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, meanwhile, blamed the around 70,000 families that have illegally settled in waterways across Metro Manila.
He said the agency said is coordinating with the National Housing Authority (NHA) to relocate the informal settlers.
Tolentino said the MMDA does not have enough funds to launch a more comprehensive program to solve flooding in Metro Manila. - Report from Sol Aragones, ABS-CBN News; edited by Jojo Malig, abs-cbnNEWS.com